The area now known as Cherry Hill was originally settled by the Lenni-Lenape Native Americans who coexisted peacefully with the first settlers from England, namely Quaker followers of William Penn who arrived in the late 17th century. The first settlement was a small cluster of homes named Colestown, in the perimeters of what is now the Colestown Cemetery on the corner of Route 41 (King's Highway) and Church Road. The municipality was founded on February 25, 1844, in Gloucester County as Delaware Township from half of the area of Waterford Township, and became part of Camden County at its creation some two weeks later on March 13, 1844. To avoid conflict with a Delaware Township in North Jersey, the towns name was change to Cherry Hill in 1961. The township's population grew rapidly after World War II, and continued to increase until the 1980s.
Cherry Hill was a 19th-century farm on Kaighn Avenue / Route 38, owned by Abraham Browning. The farm property later became the Cherry Hill Inn (now a movie theater complex), as well as an office campus (now a shopping center with big-box retailers), and today's Cherry Hill Towers and Cherry Hill Estates housing developments. Adding to the prevalence of the Cherry Hill name, developer Eugene Mori branded several properties using the name, including the Cherry Hill Inn and Cherry Hill Lodge hotels, Cherry Hill Apartments, and Cherry Hill Estates. Cherry Hill Shopping Center (now known as Cherry Hill Mall) opened in 1961 opposite the old Cherry Hill Farm site, featuring 75 stores within a single enclosed space. The mall was one of the East Coast’s first enclosed malls and it’s still the area’s top destination, not only for shopping but also for special events and even upscale dining.Big draws here include Nordstrom for shoes and clothing and Seasons 52 for elegant and calorie-conscious dining. Another shopping and dining destination is Garden State Park, which started life as a horse racetrack and is now a pedestrian-friendly, modern town center. In addition to the many parks and playgrounds around, there is Springdale Farms, one of the last remaining working farms in the township.
Cherry Hill’s public education district has 19 schools. Schools in the district are Barclay Early Childhood Center (PreK), Clara Barton Elementary School (K-5), James F. Cooper Elementary School (K-5), Bret Harte Elementary School (K-5), James H. Johnson Elementary School (K-5), Joyce Kilmer Elementary School (K-5), Kingston Elementary School (K-5), A. Russell Knight Elementary School (K-5), Horace Mann Elementary School (K-5), Thomas Paine Elementary School (K-5), Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School (K-5), Richard Stockton Elementary School (K-5), Woodcrest Elementary School (K-5), Henry C. Beck Middle School (6-8), John A. Carusi Middle School (6-8), Rosa International Middle School (6-8), Cherry Hill High School East (9-12), Cherry Hill High School West (9-12).
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